Irish Data Protection Agency Smiles On Apple, Facebook Prism Compliance


The Irish Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) has responded to two of the complaints filed last month by the European data protection activists behind the Europe v Facebook (evf) campaign group against several U.S. technology companies for alleged collaboration with the NSA’s Prism data collection program. Responding specifically to complaints against Apple and Facebook, the ODPC basically takes the view that there’s no complaint to answer, owing to a prior ‘Safe Harbor’ agreement between the E.U. and the U.S. which it says governs the transfer of personal data in this instance.

evf had been aiming to gain clarity on what it argued were potentially conflicting legal requirements, whereby — owing to their corporate structure — the companies in question may have been unable to comply with both European privacy laws and U.S. surveillance laws. However, in a letter (reproduced here) responding to evf’s complaints, the ODPC takes the view…

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